Friday, September 25, 2020

Samsung, Marriott to offer VR to guests

Marriott Hotels is ramping up its technology credentials with the trial of a new service that lets guests beckon virtual reality (VR) headsets to their rooms. Partnering with Samsung for the initiative, Marriott is testing the so-called “VRoom Service” over a two-week period at the New York Marriott Marquis and London Marriott Park Lane hotels.

This isn’t Marriott’s first foray into VR, however. Last September, the hotel chain announced #GetTeleported, which was basically a “teleporter” booth featuring the Oculus Rift DK2 VR headset and headphones, as well as 4D sensory elements such as wind, to give you more realistic virtual guided tours of Hawaii and London. For its latest boundary-pushing project, the company is offering Samsung Gear VR headsets and headphones, delivered direct to a guest’s bedroom where they can enjoy an “in-room virtual reality travel experience.”

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